If a client pays a cash deposit, upon agreeing to a verbal contract, based on a physical proposal that was agreed to, and then wants to pull out of the agreement, am I legally obligated to refund the deposit?
My business was working with a client for a few months & being paid monthly. The client then makes a large investment of $11K on the terms that it would be paid back by continuing our monthly services with them, five mon… (Read more)
If no work was complete, you probably have to refund at least a majority of the deposit.
The deposit can be kept if there's an agreement saying it's non-refundable (subject to some limited exceptions) or if the service provider actually incurred costs taking on the project (whether or not services were in fact rendered)
Doing a demo with a fake name and company for competitive purposes is considered fraud, which could result in criminal and civil liability.
If you want to research competitors ethically, you could use publicly-available information attained without misrepresentation.
A Philipino-Canadian businessman who owns a company in Calgary and had been living in the Philippines since 2016 offered my brother and 2 other guys landed immigrant visa (with his company as petitioner) back in May 2017… (Read more)
In these circumstances it may be possible to seek legal recourse in Canada; however, only a judge can ultimately determine whether there were damages incurred and who should be liable. In some situations it is possible to pursue the directors or officers of a closed corporation but this is a highly circumstantial determination.
Is it legal to give away some percentage of one's business profit (a sole proprietorship's profit in this case) to the community directly e.g. food bank, as a form of corporate social responsibility; and to also include… (Read more)
In general, it is not illegal for a corporation to donate a portion of it's profits to charity, so long as it has retained sufficient funds to meet its debt and liability obligations.
In terms of advertising, any advertising of the charitable donation should be clear, concise and accurate. There is some risk of liability for false advertising if there are inaccuracies in how the charitable donation scheme is presented or marketed.
My ex-husband worked for a car manufacturer company all his working life. He passed away recently, and I was told I would be able to apply for pension monies for the years we were married, no matter what the divorce docu… (Read more)
The best course of action would be to reach out to your late ex-husband's employer - General Motors - to determine if you might have a claim on a portion of the pension, corresponding to the years you were in marriage.
Legally speaking, pensions are divided during divorce proceedings, but it is possible for a beneficiary to exist, who isn't a spouse.
Finally, it could be in your best interest to have a lawyer representing you in dealings with GM.
If I am the director of an incorporated company that owns a building and the company is also the landlord can any legal cases be brought against me personally from the landlord and tenant board and also normal courts? If… (Read more)
I received an IP complaint request from a company in India this morning. The company is stating that our name is too similar to theirs, and that both businesses operate in the same industry, while their entity existed since 1995. The letter accuses us of registering the domain in bad faith, trying to steal their business. I believe this is a very weak argument, and a valid counter-argument can be made against them, however, I'm not sure how to approach this issue. What are some of the options available to me?
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